Council Minutes
City of Fredericksburg, Virginia
1804

At a Council held at the Town Hall on Tuesday the 10th day of January 1804

Present
George French, Mayor
Benj'n Day, Recorder
Chas L Carter, Alderman
Wm Drummond, Alderman
James Smock, Councilman
James Brown, Councilman
Field'g Lucas, Councilman
John Lewis, Councilman
Wm Taylor, Councilman

Wm Drummond, Benj Day Alex Duncan John Lewis Wm Taylor & George French G't or any three or more of them are appointed to draught the scheme of a lottery or lotteries to raise the sum of $15,000 to be applied to paving the Streets of this Coporation and make report to the next Council

The time limites for hogs to go at large in this Corporation having expired on the 10th of November last ordered that the Constables carry the law respecting hogs at large in this Corp'o into effect ,after giving 10 days notice thereof

Ordered that the trustees of the Markett lease out the vacant lott No 3 formerly leased by Doc t French (he having forfeited the same) according to law

Signed
Geo French

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At a Council held at the House of Triplet T Estes in the Corp'o of Fredericksburg the 10th day of February 1804

Present
George French, Mayor
Benj'n Day, Recorder
Alex'r Duncan, Alderman
Thos Goodwin, Alderman
John Lewis, Councilman
Wm Taylor, Councilman
James Brown, Councilman
James Smock, Councilman

On motion made and seconded It Ordered that John Mundell Gent be authorized & required to provide standard weights & measures for the use of this Corporation, and that he be also authorized to draw on the Chamberlain for payment thereof

The Committee appointed to draft the scheme of a lottery on lotteries to raise the sum of $15,000 for the purpose of paving the main Streets of this town this day returned the following scheme viz't

We the subscribers, appointed by the mayor and commanlty of Fredericksburg to draft the scheme of a lottery to raise the sum of fifteen thousand dollars for the purpose of paving the main streets of Fredericksburg after mature deliberation repecfully report as follows viz't

That the contemplated sum may most conveniently be raised by a lottery of two classes for the first of which the following scheme is proposed; Scheme of a lottery to raise part of fifteen thousand dollars for the purpose of paving the main streets of Fred'sburg

Prizes
1 of $4,000 $4,000
1 of $2,000 $2,000
1 of $1,000 $1,000
2 of $500 $1,000
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Prizes
10 of $200 $2,000
50 of $50 $2,500
180 of $20 $3,600
3,000 of $10 $30,000

1 the first ticket drawn after 2,000 being a blank $200 $200
1 the first ticket drawn after 3,000 being a blank $200 $200
1 the first ticket drawn after 4,000 being a blank $200 $200
1 the first ticket drawn after 5,000 being a blank $300 $300
1 the first ticket drawn after 6,000 being a blank $300 $300
1 the first ticket drawn after 7,000 being a blank $300 $300
1 the first ticket drawn after 8,000 being a blank $400 $400
1 the first ticket drawn after 9,000 being a blank $500 $500
1 last drawn, being a Blank $1,500 $1,500
[Total] $50,000
3254 Prizes
6746 Blanks
10,000 Tickets @ 5 Dollars each $50,000
Deduct 15 pr ct $7,500

Your Committee beg leave further to subject the following resolution viz't

That the tickets be deposited in the hands of Benjamin Day who shal account for their discovery to the Mayor and Commonalty whenever required

That Alexander Duncan and David Henderson with the said Benj Day be a committee for preparing and disposing of the tickets for sale, at their discretion, taking receipts for the delivery thereof

That an account and the money arising from the sale of tickets kept separate and apart from the other accounts and money belonging to the agent who sells them so as to prevent inconvenience in case of the death of such agent, by such money being considered as part of his estate, and that this injunction be expressed in the receipt for the tickets

That the said Benjamin Day shall receive payment for the sale of the tickets from the agents employed to dispose of them, [Page 25] every 15 days, or as often as circumstances may admit and that he deposit the amount in the treasurer of this Commonwealth in the name of the Trustees of Fredericksburg Street Lottery

That a commission of 2 pr ct be allowed for the sale of the tickets

That the drawing of the lottery commence the first class on Tuesday the first of May next, and the second class on Monday the first of October next provided a sufficient number of tickets of the class so to be drawn, shall be sold previous to the day appointed for the drawing thereof, Notice of the drawing of each class to be previously published,

That payment of the prizes be made at the expiration of thirty days after the last days drawing of each class, and if not demanded within six months after such last days drawing their such prize, not so demanded, shall be considered as freely relinquished for the purpose of the Lottery
Fredericksburg 9th February 1804
John Lewis
William Taylor
Alex'r Duncan
Benj'n Day

Which Scheme and Resolutions were approved of by the board and ordered to be Recorded

Signed
Geo French

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At a Council held at the Town Hall on Wednesday the 15th of February 1804.

Present
George French, Mayor
Benj'n Day, Recorder
Alex'r Duncan, Alderman
Thos Goodwin, Alderman
Wm Drummond, Alderman
James Brown, Councilman
David Henderson, Councilman
John Lewis, Councilman
James Smock, Councilman
Wm Taylor, Councilman

Upon motion made & seconded, Resolved that the resolution agreed to at the last council which directs the money for the sale of tickets in the Fredericksburg Street Lottery to be accounted for by the agents appointed to sell said tickets every 15 days and to pay the same to Benj'n Day Gent and by him deposited in the Treasurer of this Commonwealth be set aside and that the Committee appointed at the last Councilm do deliver to each of the members of this board and to Godlove Heiskell, John Minor, Grinnan & Mundell, Robert Hening, Wm C Williams, Benj'n Botts, John Ross & Co, Stone & Green, Robert Patton & Co, Robert Walker, Winchester Howard & Co, John Scott & Anthony Buck Gent such number of tickets to each of them as they shall think proper to be by them respectively accounted for with the Mayor for the time being & his successors on or before the 15th day of April next

For reasons appearing to the Council the resolutions allowing a Commission of 2 pr cent on the sale of tickets is set aside.

Signed
Geo French

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March 19th 1804

This being the day appointed by law for the annual Election of 12 persons to serve the Corporation the present year as Mayor Recorder Aldermen & Common Council, the Free holders and house keepers being notified thereof met at the town Hall, and having deposited their ballots in the Ballot Box upon examination thereof the greatest number of Votes were found to be in favour of the following persons, towit

For
George French 69
Thos Goodwin 68
Benj'n Day 62
Chas L Carter 61
James Brown 56
Elisha Thatcher 45
William Taylor 41
James Smock 40
Wm Pearson 39
John Lewis 37
R'd Peacock 36
James Newby 34

And the following to wit, George French, Thomas Goodwin, Benj'n Day, Elisha Thatcher, James Brown, James Smook, John Lewis, William Taylor, William Pearson, Richard Peacock & James Newby being present proceeded to the choice of Mayor when Benj Day was duly elected & qualified to that office & took the oath of Fidelity to the Commonwealth the oath of a justice of the Court of Hustings in Chancery

They then proceeded to the choice of Recorder when Thomas Goodwin was duly elected and qualified accordingly

Then they proceeded to the choice of 4 aldermen when George French, Elisha Thatcher, Wm Taylor & Chas L Carter were duly elected and took the usual oaths of office except Chas L Carter who is absent, and the remaining six towit James Brown, James Smook, Wm Pearson, John Lewis, Richard Peacock & James Newby are councilmen who qualified accordingly

John Chew is unanimously preelected Clerk of the board

John Lewis balloted for and duly elected Chamberlain for the present year

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Thomas Legg is unanimously elected Vendue Master for the present Year and that he give bond with Security at the next Court

Bartho Fuller duly elected Guager & Geographer for this Corporation the present year

John Rogers is unanimously elected Clerk of the Market the present year

Wm Pearson, James Smock & Thomas Goodwin are duly elected Trustees of the Market House the present year

Geo French, James Brown and Richard Peacock are appointed to rent out the County Warf the present year

Signed
Benj'n Day

At a Council held at the Town Hall on Thursday the 29th day of March 1804

Present
Benjamin Day, Mayor
Thomas Goodwin, Recorder
George French, Alderman
Elisha Thatcher, Alderman
Wm Taylor, Alderman
James Brown, Councilman
James Smock, Councilman
John Lewis, Councilman
Richard Peacock, Councilman
James Newby, Councilman

Chas L Carter elected an Alderman at the last election this day took the oath of Fidelity to the Commonwealth, the oath of a Justice of the peace & in chancery & the oath to support the Constitution of the United States

Elisha Thatcher, Wm Taylor, Thos Goodwin G't are appointed to settle with the late Chamberlain his acc't with the Corp'o for the last year, also the sergeant acc't The Overseers of the poor and Trustees of the Market House & make return thereof to the next board

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William Taylor, Chas L Carter, James Brown & Richard Peacock G't are appointed to superintend the overseers of the Streets the present year

Ordered that the Mayor do affix the assize of Bread in the Corp'o from time to time as he shall see cause & publish the same

William Taylor, Elisha Thatcher & John Lewis G't are appointed to devise the most practicable plan for erecting a machine for weighing Hay and report the same to the next Council

Ordered that the Clerk of this board do have inserted in the newspapers of this Town that tickets in the Street Lottery may be had of Benj'n Day, Thos Goodwin, Geo French, Elisha Thatcher, Wm Taylor, Chas L Carter, James Brown, James Smock, Wm Pearson, John Lewis, Rich'd Peacock, James Newby, Alex'r Duncan, Wm Drummond, David Henderson, Field'g Lucas, Godlove Heiskell, John Minor, Grinnan & Mundell, Robt Hening, Wm C Williams, Benj'n Botts, John Ross & Co, Stone & Green, Robt Patton & Co, Rob't Walker, Winchester Howard & Co, John Scott & Anth'y Buck and that the lottery will commence Drawing on the first Monday in May next provided a sufficient number of tickets be sold to authorize the same

Wm Taylor, James Brown, Richard Peacock, James Newby & James Smock are appointed to superintend, and have kept in order the pumps in this Corporation and to superintend the washing of the Fire Engine and to enquire into the state of the water buckets

The following persons are appointed to take the number of free male tithables, Slaves above 12 years, Horses, Mares, Colts & Mules, Riding carriages, Drays & Carts within this Corporation to wit: Wm Taylor, & Chas L Carter from the upper end of the Town to Stone & Greens Store

Benj'n Day & Elisha Thatcher from Wm Taylors Store to Alex Duncans

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Thos Goodwin & James Smock from Peter Gordons to Timothy Greens

Richard Peacock & James Newby from Powell & Herndons to Mrs Walkers

Geo French & Wm Pearson from Mrs Walkers to the lower end of the town, and make return thereof to the next Council

Ordered that the Overseers of the poor be requested to agree with a physician to attend the poor in this Corporation until the third Monday in March next and report such agreement to the next Council

Benj'n Day, Wm Taylor, Elisha Thatcher, John Lewis and Chas L Carter Gent are appointed to revise the bylaws and ordinances in this corporation and report thereof to the next Council

On motion made & seconded Ordered that an assistance guager be appointed, whereupon Adam Darby was duly elected

The Board proceeded to adjust the following accounts against the Corporation viz't:

To Timothy Green pr account $12.83
To Timothy Green pr acc't 50.00
To Alex Walker pr acc't 6.25
To James Walker pr acc't 3.33
To Peter Tinsly Clk H Court Ch'y .18
To Robt Crutchfield Dy Sh'f 1.05
To Carmichael & Carter pr acc't 20.45
To Chas Brown by acc't 4.25
To Chiles & Burch by acc't 2.00
To Thos Newton Cons't pr acc't 13.92
To Thos Perry late constable pr acc't 12.00
To Arch'd Burden cons't pr acc't 41.17
To William Davis Cons't pr acc't 17.49
[Carried forward] $184.72
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Amount brought over $184.72
To Thos Legg late sargeant for serving & attending council last year 30.00
To Arch Burden pr account 2.25
To John Chew Clk pr account 108.33
To John Minor att'y 66.77
[Total] $391.97

Ordered that the Chamberlain pay to John Chew Clk $12.50 for a record book for the use of this Corporation

Signed
Benj'n Day

At a Council held at the Town Hall on Saturday the 14th day of April 1804

Present
Benj'n Day, Mayor
Thos Goodwin, Recorder
William Taylor, Alderman
E Thatcher, Alderman
Ch's S Carter, Alderman
Rich'd Peacock, C Councilman
John Lewis, C Councilman
Wm Pearson, C Councilman
Jas Brown, C Councilman

The committee appointed to settle the Chamberlain's acc't this day made report by which it appears that the sum of $559.21 cents is due to the Corporation, Ordered that the account be recorded and an abstract copy published in the Fred'sburg newspapers

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Dr The Mayor & Commonality of Fredericksburg
Rects $/Cents
1803 June 16 To Cash paid Barth'o Blunt as pr order of Council No 1 $94.19
To Cash pd Thomas Perry as pr order of Council 2&3 35.17
18 To Cash pd Arch'd Burden as pr order of Council 4 34.75
20 To Cash pd Thomas Goodwin as pr order of Council 5 83.17
To Cash pd Mrs Caloe one of the poor 6 2.00
To Cash pd Alden Pusey by order of Council 7 130.00
22 To Cash pd Mrs Hammond one of the poor 8 2.00
25 To Cash pd Wm Legg by order of Council 9 24.00
27 To Cash pd Mrs Hammond & Mrs Caloe two of the poor 10 4.00
pd Mrs Booze 11 5.75
July 01 pd Mr Burden for digging a grave for Mr Grison 12 1.00
pd Mrs McCoy one of the poor 13 2.00
02 pd Mrs Caloe & Mrs Hammond two of the poor 14 2.00
pd Zachary Lewis his acc't 15 12.50
07 pd Robert Patton (by Mr D Henderson) as directed by order of Council 23 May 1801 16 114.29
08 pd Mrs Moore one of the poor 17 12.00
pd Mrs Hammond one of the poor 18 4.00
12 pd Thos Sacrea (by Wm Drummond) by order Council 19 22.50
pd Mrs Richardson one of the poor 20 4.00
17 pr Mrs Catoe one of the poor 21 2.00
19 pd Mr John Chew by order of Council 22 138.03
22 pd Mrs Hammond one of the poor 23 2.00
25 pd Nancy Carter one of the poor 24 2.00
30 pd Mrs Moore one of the poor 25 4.00
pd Mrs Caloe one of the poor 26 2.00
Augst 01 pd Mrs McCoy one of the poor 27 2.00
pd Mrs Hammond one of the poor 28 2.00
03 pd Mrs Caloe one of the poor 29 2.00
Nancy Carter one of the poor 30 2.00
08 Mr T Goodwin on acct, Mrs Moore's child bit by a mad dog 31 12.00
Mrs Richardson one of the poor 32 4.00
11 Mr Taylor sundry disbursements made for the poor 33 53.54
16 Mr James Brown on acc't of the pumps 34 66.50
18 Mrs Hammond one of the poor 35 2.00
19 Mrs Caloe one of the poor 36 2.00
Edw'd Herndon one of the poor 37 16.63
28 Mr Alex'r Duncan repairing the wells 38 7.87
31 Mrs Caloe one of the poor 39 4.00
Sept 01 Mrs Richardson one of the poor 40 4.00
Mrs McCoy one of the poor 41 2.00
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Mrs Moore one of the poor 42 4.00
Beam 43 1.00
02 Wm Pusey 44 2.00
Fanny Debaptist 45 6.00
Mrs Hammond 46 3.00
Thomas Legg 47 9.25
09 Catherine Ball 48 2.00
12 Nancy Harvey 49 2.00
Mrs Grant 50 2.00
17 Moses Perry (by Adam Darby) as clk of market 51 20.00
20 Frankey Debaptist 52 6.00
21 Catherine Ball 53 2.00
23 Thomas Cowan 54 4.00
24 Mrs Grant 55 4.00
[Total] $989.50
1803[?]
Oct 01 Pd Mrs Richardson one of the poor 56 4.00
Mrs Caloe one of the poor 57 4.00
Mrs Moore one of the poor 58 4.00
Mrs Ball one of the poor 59 2.00
Mrs McCoy one of the poor 60 2.00
03 Mrs Hammond one of the poor 61 4.00
05 Arch'd Burden for digging grave for Peggy Thomas 62 1.00
17 Thomas Legg by order of Council, bal due 1802 11.46
To Thomas Legg for attending & serv'g Council 30.00 63 41.44
Simon for digging a grave 64 1.00
18 Wm Coleman expenses burying Thos Ryan 65 4.25
Jesse Wright by ord Council for McDermot a watchman 66 10.00
Negro Jack for a coffin 67 3.16
25 Arch'd Burden for digging a grave &c 68 4.33
29 Mrs Grant 69 4.00
Nov 01 Mrs Moore 70 4.00
Mrs Richardson 71 4.00
Mrs Caloe 72 4.00
Catherine Ball (22 Oct) Omitted then 73 2.00
02 Mrs Hammond 74 4.00
07 Catherine Ball 75 2.00
11 Ester Taylor 76 2.00
12 Geo Richardson 77 4.00
Simon for digging a grave 78 .80
John Hardia 79 6.66
Henry Ensor for repairing pumps 80 1.00
19 Nancy Payne 81 3.00
Henry Ensor for mending pumps 82 1.00
Dec 01 Mr Cole 83 44.00
Mrs Richardson 84 44.00
Mrs Moore 85 4.00
Catherine Ball 86 2.00
02 Mrs Grant 87 4.00
03 Mrs Hammond 88 4.00
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1803
Dec 03 Mrs Brink for C Ball 89 2.00
20 Jack Edwards for removing a poor woman to Stafford 90 2.50
Mrs Brink for C Ball 91 2.00
22 Peter Hord overseer of the streets 92 6.00
Arch'd Burden overseer of the streets 93 6.00
Arch'd Burden overseer of the streets 94 1.50
29 Mrs Brink for a poor woman 95 2.00
1804
Jan 02 Mrs Brink for C Ball 96 2.00
Mrs Hammond 97 4.00
P Kegan for a coffin 98 4.00
Mrs Caloe 99 4.00
Mrs Richardson 100 4.00
Mrs Moore 101 4.00
03 John Minor 102 326.73
Mrs Grant 103 4.00
12 Mrs Brink 104 2.00
Mrs Hammond 105 2.00
$1,517.89
19 Paid Catherine Ball as pr order 106 2.00
20 Simon for digging a grave 107 .83
31 William Raines for a coffin 108 3.33
Feby 01 Mrs Richardson 109 4.00
Mrs Grant 110 4.00
Mrs Moore 111 4.00
Mrs Caloe 112 4.00
13 Bearer 113 2.00
14 Fanny Baxter 114 2.00
Catherine Ball 115
Catherine Ball (Omitted 31 Jany) 116 2.00
Mrs Hammond 117 2.00
18 Mary Dite 118 2.00
28 Cath Ball 119 2.00
Old Joe 120 2.00
29 Wm Baxter 121 3.00
Mar 01 Mrs Hammond 122 4.00
Mrs Richardson 123 4.00
Mrs Caloe 124 4.00
Mrs Moore 125 4.00
03 Mrs Grant 126 4.00
09 Major B Day 127 107.15
13 Fanny Johnston 128 2.00
14 John Edwards 129 2.50
16 Catherine Ball 130 2.00
22 Mary Dight 131 4.00
26 Fanny Johnston 132 2.00
$1,698.70
John Lewis Chamberlain, commission on $1,698.70 at 5% per annum 84.88
$1,783.58
472.32
Fredericksburg March 28th 1804 Balance Due $2,250.91
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1803
Jany 16 By cash received of Thomas Legg (Sergeant) $828.54
20 By cash received of Thomas Legg 152.17
27 By cash received of Thomas Legg 200.21
25 By cash received of Thomas Legg 24.36
July 19 By cash received of Mr John Chew 33.50
21 By cash received of Mr Thomas Legg 310.64
Sept 08 By cash received of Mr Thomas Legg 265.17
Oct 06 By cash received of Mr Thomas Legg 117.96
17 By cash received of Thomas Legg pr acc't of P House 60.00
Nov. 14 By cash received of Thomas Legg 105.86
1804
Jany 03 By cash received of Thomas Legg 113.50
Mar. 19 By cash received of Thomas Legg 45.00
$2,256.91
Balance Due $474.32
By commission charged by me to go to Council 84.88
Ballance due the Corporation of Fred'sburg this 28th of March 1804 $559.21

Fredericksburg April 21st 1804 We have examined the above account and find it correctly stated and supported by proper vouchers, leaving a balance due from the Chamberlain to the Corporation of Fredericksburg of Five hundred & Fifty nine dollars & Twenty one Cents
Elisha Thatcher
William Taylor
Thos Goodwin

On motion made and seconded Resolved that when any member of this board shall address the chair that he shall rise for that purpose

An account produced by the Exors Of Thos Miller, decd. Against the Corporation, for reasons appearing to the Board is rejected

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The Council proceeded to adjust the following acc't against the Corporation Viz't

Amount brought forward 391.97
To Doct. Robt. Welford by acct 19.25
To Thomas Legg by acct 8.50
To Benj Day for an inquest on the body of a negro slave 2.80
[Total] $422.52

Ordered that each free male tithable in this corp'o and owners of slaves above 12 years pay to the Sergeant 50 cents pr poll for each horse, mare, colt & mule one dollar; on every riding carriage wheel one dollar on each Dray and Cart four dollars and two pr cent on the amount of Rents agreeable to the return of the Comm'r of the Revenue and that the Sergeant collect the said tax and pay the same to the Chamberlain within three months from this date

Doct George French is appointed Physician to attend the poor of this Corp for which he is to be allowed the sum of $15 pr annum agreeable to the report of Committee appointed for that purpose

William Taylor, Richard Peacock & James Brown Gent are appointed to view the situation of the Courthouse & report next to Council

The committee appointed to settle with the late Sergeant his account for the last year this day reports which is ordered to be recorded

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Dr The Corporation of Fred'sburg in account With Thos Legg, Sergeant
1803
June 11 To Cash pd Chas Brown for covering a well pr order of the Mayor 2.50
14 This sum paid for benches in the Court House 7.75
16 Cash paid the Chamberlain pr rect No 1 838.54
20 old [?] taxes remitted by Council this day 6.00
20 Cash pd to the Chamberlain pr receipt No 2 152.17
25 Cash pd to the Chamberlain pr receipt No 3 24.36
27 Cash pd to the Chamberlain pr receipt No 4 200.21
July 19 Cash pd to the Chamberlain pr receipt No 5 33.50
21 Cash pd to the Chamberlain pr receipt No 6 310.64
Cash paid John Rogers for glazing the Court-house windows the 29th of April 5.00
Sept 08 paid the Chamberlain pr receipt No 7 265.17
12 This am't remitted Geo Hieskell for 1 road wagon, 2 horses & 1 female that was free by Council this day 7.00
Oct 06 Paid the Chamberlain per receipt No 8 117.96
Paid John Rogers for glazing Court-house windows this 28th September 6.00
17 Paid the Chamberlain pr receipt No 9 60.00
Nov 14 Paid the Chamberlain pr receipt No 10 105.86
Paid summoning an inquest over the body of Thos Ryan 3.80
29 Paid for wood for the use of the Court 1.00
1804
Jany 03 Paid the Chamberlain pr receipt No 11 113.50
Feb 20 Paid for wood for the use of the Court during Winter 2.50
March 10 Paid for hinges for Court house window shutters 1.50
19 Paid for 1 cart load of wood for the Election this day 1.00
Paid the Chamberlain pr receipt No 12 45.00
A list of delinquents where there is not any possible
chance to collect from
Capt James Allen $5.50
Robt Crookshanks .50
Gerard Evans 1.00
Abraham Fulton (run away) 4.50
$11.50
Amount carr'd forward $2,300.46
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1804 To amount brought forward $2,300.46
List of delinquents brot up & courted $11.50
Birkett G Johnston removed 2.00
Samuel Johnston removed 1.00
James McClanahan broke 1.00
Walter McFarlane (decd) 1.50
Thomas Perry no effects 2.00
William Lewis (removed) 1.50
John Willis no effects 1.50
Thomas Ryan (dec'd) 1.50
Benj'n Sebastian (dec'd) 1.00
Edw'd Shepherd (run away) 1.50
Thomas Cowell dec'd 1.50
John Brown (removed & dec'd) 2.00
Old Negro Judith no effects 1.00
Jos Williams no effects 1.00
Charles Evans (a slave) 2.00
Isaac King (no effects) 1.50
Charles Soper (run away) 1.00
James Nelson (no effects) 1.50
John Edwards (no effects) 1.50
Billy Olliver (no effects) 1.50 $42.50
Sundry persons overcharged viz
Walter Bourke for 1 Horse 1.00
James Dogget for 1 slave 1.00
Wm McArthur charged for a free female 1.00
Anderson McWilliams 1 horse 1.00
Lewis Peirce twice charged 1.00
Dan'l Storke for 1 dog .50
David Smith for 1 free female 1.00
Thomas Sacrae 1 slave 1.00
Mary Sullivan 1 free female 1.00
Rob't Wellford 2 tithables & 1 slave 3.00
Rich'd Winchester 1 horse 1.00
John Welch two whites 2.00
James West twice charged 3.50
Joseph Shannon free female 1.00
Fanny Lewis two slaves 2.00 $21.00
Mrs Gillason discontinued running her dray when her year was up 5.00 $68.50
Amt Brought forward & carried over $2,368.96
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1804
Mch To Amount brought forward & continued $2,368.96
The following persons are Journeymen and will not pay viz
John Foster $1.00
Thomas Law $1.00
John Jones $1.00
Robert Shaw $1.00
John Hambleton $1.00
Andrew Buckhannon $1.00
Edw'd Cox $1.00
William Grayson $1.00 8.00
Winifred Armstead's house not tenated value of rent is $50 3 pr c 1.50
Estate of Gane Walker House pulled down value of rents $50 1.50
19 My commission on $2,300.46 at 5% 115.00
My allowance as Sergeant by law 25.00 151.00
Balance due the Corporation this day 20.87
$2,540.83
1803
Apr 29 By amount of Property tax assessed $1,333.50
By amount on rents assessed 1,14733
[Total] $2,480.83
Oct 06 Cash received of players 60.00
$2,540.83
1804
Mch 19 By Balance per debit $20.87

Fredericksburg April 14th, 1804 We have examined the within account and find it correctly stated and supported by proper vouchers having a balance due from the Sergeant to the Corporation of Fredericksburg of twenty Dollars and eighty seven cents given under our hands
Thos Goodwin
Elisha Thatcher
William Taylor

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Ordered that the Clerk of the Market, be directed to adjust the weights, measures now in use in this Corporation by the standard provided for that purpose, any person using weights & measures without having that adjusted as foresaid shall forfeit and pay the sum of $5 for use of the Corporation

Be it ordained by the Mayor Recorder Alderman and Common Council men that if any member of this board shall fail to attend in Council at the hour appointed for the meeting of such council, after receiving due notice thereof, he or they shall forfeit & pay the sum of $5 to the use of the Corporation unless he or they so failing shew sufficient cause of his inability to attend at the next meeting of such Council

The committee appointed to revise the By laws & ordinances of this Corporation this day made a report of summary of sd laws which are ordered to be published in the Fredericksburg newspapers

Signed
Benj'n Day

At a Council held at the Town Hall on Saturday the 2nd day of June 1804

Present
Benj'n Day, Mayor
Thos Goodwin, Recorder
Elisha Thatcher, Alderman
Williamm Taylor, Alderman
Chs L Carter, Alderman
Wm Pearson, Councilman
James Brown, Councilman
John Lewis, Councilman
Rich'd Peacock, Councilman
James Newby, Councilman

The committee appointed to devise the most practical plan for erecting a machine for weighing Hay made their report in these words In obedience &c and thereupon It is ordered that the same Committee report an ordinance to this board in conformity to the said report [Page 41] and that the said committee do also carry the said ordinance into effect

William Taylor and Richard Peacock Gt are appointed to have the necessary repairs made to the Courthouse, and the undertaker thereof to be paid by the Corporation

Benj'n Day & Thos Goodwin G't are appointed to provide such a number of ladders, axes, bags, Cops & fire Hooks as they may think necessary for the use of the fire Company in this Town

Ordered that the Chamberlain pay to Arch'd Burden $3.50 cents pr acc't this day allowed

Ordered that the Bakers in this Corporation so in future stamp the Bread by them baked with the Initials of his or her name and that the Clerk of the Market inform the Bakers thereof

Benj'n Day

At a council held at the Town Hall on Friday the 20th July, 1804

Present
Benj'n Day, Mayor
Thomas Goodwin, Recorder
William Taylor, Alderman
Chas L Carter, Alderman
Elisha Thatcher, Alderman
William Pearson, Councilman
James Brown, Councilman
John Lewis, Councilman
Rich'd Peacock, Councilman
James Newby, Councilman

A sufficient number of tickets not having been sold to justify drawing the Street Lottery in May last as was intended to insure its being drawn in October next, Resolved that it be recommended to the inhabitants and owners of property on the Main Street to purchase as many tickets as will be equal to [Page 42] the probable expense of paving along the front of their premises estimating it at the rate of one dollar and fifty cents per foot, The amount to be paid in ten days after the drawing is finished, The purchaser of tickets on these terms being requested to give security for the payment of any balance that may be due after deducting the value of the prizes that may not be drawn against the tickett they may hold, It is hoped that this measure may be adopted especially when it is considered that it will be much less inconvenient than reporting to a Tax on the property which will probably be done if the sum contemplated cannot be raised by Lottery for in that event the Holders of property will be subject to a tax at least to the amount of tickets they may buy as now recommended, even admitting that every ticket they may so hold should be drawn a blank. Resolved that the clerk in this town cause the above to be published in the newspapers in this town

Resolved that a Commission of 2 pr cent be allowed on all tickets in the Street Lottery be paid after the drawing of said Lottery is finished

An ordinance directing the purchase of a Patent ballance to be Erected for the purpose of weighing Hay or Fodder was reported to this board approved and OK

Signed
Benj'n Day

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At a council held at the Town Hall on Wednesday the 12th day of December 1804

Present
Benjamin Day, Mayor
Thomas Goodwin, Recorder
Geo French, Alderman
Wm Taylor, Alderman
Elisha Thatcher, Alderman
Chas L Carter, Alderman
James Brown, Councilman
James Smock, Councilman
William Pearson, Councilman
John Lewis, Councilman
Rich'd Peacock, Councilman

Whereas it appears that an anonymous letter dated the 30th November last, hath been addressed to Mr Robert Walker Merchant of this town, by some evil disposed person [or] persons, and conveyed to him by being privately slipped under the door of his compting house in the night of the said 30th Nov requiring of him a pecuniary contribution of considerable amount, and in failure of his compliance threating violence to his person & property The absence from Town of one of the members of this board having prevented an earlier attention to it, Be it now resolved by the Mayor and Commonalty that in Justice to the Rights of Society and the feelings of a worthy and respectable member of it, the most vigilant and active exertions ought to be made to discover the author and abetter of so reprehensible and detestable an aggression that he or they may be detected and punished as the law directs, and whereas the inhabitants of this Town having already offered a liberal reward for the apprehension of the author of said anonymous letter It is deemed inexepedient to offer a further sum, Whatever may have been the motive of such an incendiary letter it cannot but be criminally [Page 44]reprehensible and deserving the Reprobation and severest censure of every Good Citizen, from its diction it would appear that the writer of it prosessed talents which if properly exercised might preclude an attempt at any indirect means of support and place him in a situation useful to society, beneficial to his family and respectable to himself

Ordered that the foregoing Resolution be published in each of the Newspapers of this Town

Signed
Benj'n Day


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